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Die Antwoord: Age of Illusion

Die Antwoord: Age of Illusion

The music video for Die Antwoord’s track Age of Illusion is notable for a couple of reasons: 1) the trippy animations were created using AI technology by artist Sagans, and 2) its hypnotic electronic groove is a departure from the group’s hard-edged rave music. For a moment, we thought we were listening to Gorillaz.

Hairy Pouter

Hairy Pouter

After 98-year-old Lillian read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, filmmaker and creative director Chris Carboni interviewed her to ask some questions about the book. He then used interpretive AI technology to create images to accompany Lillian’s amusing and endearing descriptions of the story and its characters.

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Renegade Illustrated by AI

Renegade Illustrated by AI

Here’s another cool AI-generated video. Like SolarProphet did before, Daara used Midjourney to create a sequence of haunting and dystopian images based on the lyrics to the Styx classic, Renegade. Oh mama, I’m in fear for my life from the long arm of Cyberdyne Systems.

Mr. Blue Sky Illustrated by AI

Mr. Blue Sky Illustrated by AI

As we’ve seen in recent videos, AI technology is getting very good at creating art. SolarProphet has been using the AI tech Midjourney to create images based on song lyrics and posted this great sequence of digital art based on the ELO classic Mr. Blue Sky. Not every image lines up perfectly, but it’s still really well done.

Trippy Generative Art

Trippy Generative Art

Machine learning technology can produce some fascinating results when asked to create art. TikTok user Recursive Identity used AI tech to create this trippy-as-hell generative art using the work of artist Edward Hopper as its data source. As we fly deeper and deeper into the painting, the images seem to turn in on themselves.

Drones vs. Bamboo Forest

Drones vs. Bamboo Forest

Engineers from China’s Zhejiang University have programmed a swarm of drones to autonomously avoid notoriously difficult obstacles without pre-mapping the area. In this video, the swarm flies through a densely-packed bamboo forest, and then show off their ability to follow a human target. More here.

The Othertubbies

The Othertubbies

(Gore) Forget everything you know about the Teletubbies. Wizardhead turned these kid-friendly characters into nightmare fuel. Using AI tech, the Wiz remodeled Dipsy, Tinky-Winky, Laa-Laa, and Po into the kind of gruesome monsters you’d blast playing DOOM. They also worked their magic on You Can’t Do That on Television.

adidas Originals x Ozworld Avatars

adidas Originals x Ozworld Avatars

The adidas Originals Ozworld sneaker collection has launched a personality-based, AI-enabled avatar generator. Users create their unique digital selves, which work with Ready Player Me, a cross-app avatar platform for the metaverse that lets anyone explore virtual worlds across 1,500 apps and games with a consistent identity.

Wombo Dream AI Art Maker

Wombo Dream AI Art Maker

This amazing art generator uses AI tech to create original images based on a phrase. Simply enter a description of your desired artwork, choose a style, and click “create.” In less than a minute, it produces unique works of art that you can download, share, or print. There’s an NFT minting feature in the works.

Speech-to-Text Real-Time Display

Speech-to-Text Real-Time Display

Wearing a mask is one of the most important things we can do during the pandemic. But we never really thought about how that might impact those who rely on lip reading. Programmer Kevin Lewis came up with a solution that uses Deepgram AI to transcribe speech in real-time and display it on a wearable screen.

SpongeBob’s Paradise

SpongeBob’s Paradise

Because absolutely nobody asked for it, here is a music video of SpongeBob SquarePants singing a cover of Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise. Apparently, Negan Jeffrey used an AI-based vocal synthesizer to make SpongeBob sing the words to the 1995 hit track.

AI Bot Writes a Horror Movie

AI Bot Writes a Horror Movie

From creepy music to jump scares, horror movies are filled with clichés. Certainly, there’s enough source material out there for an AI bot to write its own horror movie by now, right? Netflix enlisted humorist Keaton Patti to train a bot with over 400,000 hours of horror movies, then asked it to write its own script.

p e r m u t a t i o n . c i t y

p e r m u t a t i o n . c i t y

This experimental short film used artificial intelligence technology to stitch together action footage by the STORROR parkour team. The custom-written software identified similarities in their maneuvers and body positions, then manipulated and overlayed the imagery from various locations they’ve visited around the world.

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Making Photos Move

Making Photos Move

Two Minute Papers shows off a fascinating technology that can identify patterns in images then move them in the direction it thinks are most appropriate for their shape. The research paper is available here, and you can play with a version of the tech in the cinemagraph app Motionleap.

NVIDIA Canvas

NVIDIA Canvas

Based on NVIDIA’s GauGAN research project, Canvas is an AI-powered computer graphics app that can produce realistic landscapes from doodles. It can even export parts of the drawing as Photoshop layers. The Beta version of the app is available for Windows 10 users with any RTX graphics card.

Smoothing Out Jason and the Argonauts

Smoothing Out Jason and the Argonauts

The 1963 classic Jason and the Argonauts is known for its masterful use of stop-motion by the great Ray Harryhausen. CaptRobau was curious to know what the animation would look like at a higher frame rate, so he used motion interpolation software to smooth out the action. He did something similar to the original King Kong.

Instrumentally Accurate Gorillaz

Instrumentally Accurate Gorillaz

If you’ve ever seen the music video for the Gorillaz track Clint Eastwood, you might have noticed that the animated band’s movements don’t sync up with every note of the music. Chickenscopes decided to create an updated version of the opening scene where the music really matches the movements. Original video here.

AI Makes Beatles Music

AI Makes Beatles Music

Often copied, never duplicated, The Beatles were arguably the most influential pop band of the 20th century. With a little help from their friends OpenAI Jukebox, Broccaloo conducted an experiment to see what kind of music it would come up with if you fed it a bunch of the Fab Four’s classic tunes. The results are downright weird.

This Meeting Never Happened

This Meeting Never Happened

If you’ve ever shot a video where you wanted everyone to do something at the same time, you know it’s hard to get that level of coordination. Two Minute Papers shows off an AI-based technology that can re-time moving elements in a video, complete with shadows, reflections, and deformations. Read the full paper here.

One Year on Mars

One Year on Mars

The Mars Curiosity Rover has been roaming the surface of Mars since 2012. Using AI tech, Curiosityandbeyond upscaled and colorized a series of images captured by the rover over the course of a year. We can’t wait to see what kind of images and data the Perseverence Rover sends home after it lands in early 2021.

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ZZ Bot

ZZ Bot

“She knows where you got your legs.” After collecting a number of the Southern rock band’s song lyrics into a database, Funk Turkey pointed an AI bot at the file, and asked it to create words for a new ZZ Top song. The result: the ridiculous, but catchy tune “Funky with My Baby.”

AI Video Object Removal

AI Video Object Removal

If you’ve used Photoshop’s content-aware fill, you know that it’s gotten easier to remove objects from still images. Doing the same in video is much trickier, but as Two Minute Papers explains, there’s new AI-based tech that’s really good at removing objects from moving images. It can also expand content into missing areas.

15 fps to 60 fps Stop-motion

15 fps to 60 fps Stop-motion

Stop-motion animator LEGOEddy ran one of his 15 fps animations through a tool called DAIN, which converted his original video to a buttery-smooth 60 fps. The software not only interpolates frames but is able to properly handle depth-of-field and occlusion (objects hidden behind others.) Learn more on Two Minute Papers.

DeepFaceDrawing

DeepFaceDrawing

Machine learning technology continues to get more and more impressive – especially when it comes to working with images. A group of researchers from China are showing off DeepFaceDrawing, an amazing piece of software which can synthesize photorealistic human faces using nothing more than a rough pencil sketch.

Lucky Charms Sorting Machine

Lucky Charms Sorting Machine

Only like the marshmallows from Lucky Charms? Well you could buy a bag without the oat bits, or you could do what these guys from Google did, and build a machine that separates them for you. The Teachable Sorter can actually be used to recognize and sort other objects, and you can get the code, 3D files, and build details here.

The AI That Can Cry

The AI That Can Cry

UK tech company Sonantic has developed an AI-driven text-to-speech system that can generate digital voices with much greater expression than others. In this clip, you’ll hear “Faith” a completely artificial voice character act out a story with tremendous emotion. Look out voice actors, the robots are coming for you!

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